Hope you are all having a lovely long bank holiday weekend… and if you’re working I totally sympathise (it’s rubbish isn’t it?)
Anyway, as you may or may not know (and if not, do follow Heather Mitchell Design on Facebook for my daily ramblings!) I popped to Ally Pally last weekend for the usual ‘oohing’ and ‘arrring’ at all the lovely products. I had only one goal, to get all 12 of the new gorgeous Distress Oxide ink pads from Tim Holtz and Ranger. Having seen others playing with them, I was getting ink pad envy and managed to buy them all and a few stamps off the lovely gentleman at PaperArtsy (who gave me a cheeky deal after a little encouragement!)
So yesterday, I spent the day playing and experimenting and seeing where it took me. Over breakfast I watched a YouTube tutorial from Jennifer McGuire (having already watched several Tim Holtz videos!) just to see what the inks are capable of and off I went! I made four cards in total and still have a couple of backgrounds left over to use. So here is a (not very) quick outline and not overly comprehensive as it goes as I got carried away with the creating process and forgot where I was up to… ha!
The great thing about these ink pads is that you don’t have to be accomplished to make interesting backgrounds and nothing can go wrong! Unlike the original distress ink pads, the colours could merge and tend to go muddy but with these they don’t so you are able to layer up colour on colour and it still look vibrant and fresh.
For this card, I have layered up stripes of ink using a blending tool and spritzed water over the top while drying. The more water you add the more oxidation will take place, leaving little distress marks (you can see this best on the bottom right image)
The oxidation process is addictive to watch. You can, if you’ve added too much water, dab the cardstock with a paper towel or a damp baby wipe to remove some of the ink (and this can give great results).
Having trimmed the inked cardstock, I splattered it with gold ink just to add more texture to the background. I then layered one of the new First Edition ‘Craft a Card’ dies over the top and finished with a few adhesive gems. (I’ve left the middle blank so I can add a sentiment later).
Card Two and Three:
Now I’ll fully admit I did intend to take photographs throughout this whole process but I do tend to get a tad carried away so apologies… this card is one of those times!
To make this fabulous and amazing random background, it is soooo easy! Basically, smooch your chosen colours onto a glass cutting mat or a silicon craft mat and spritz with water. You will see the colours change instantly and ‘pop’ out at you. All you do then is gently wipe the cardstock over the inks. You will need to dry (and spritz with water to start the oxidation process) for ever layer you are adding but it is just brilliant to watch the inks layer over each other, light over dark… incredible results.
You can see here the process working and it stands out beautifully on the black card.
The finished look made me think of how Earth looks from space and so cut the sheet into 2 to create these:
I’ve then used Wow! Embossing Powders on Kanban stamps (top card) and Docraft stamps (bottom card) adding Tim Holtz ‘Big Chat’ stickers for the sentiments and finishing with a few placed adhesive gems.
Now this card is a little grungy but I love the matt, chalky finish and the contrasting colours on the stamped images. I used the same technique as above but I made two different backgrounds, each with a different colour schemes. On the kraft card (background) I used Broken China, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet over laid with Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce and on the watercolour card (used for stamped images) Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber. I then stencilled over the watercolour background in Peeled Paint and Broken China using Tim Holtz ‘Ray’ stencil.
Here’s the kraft card background… sorry… in my excitement I forgot to photograph the water colour one!
And the finished card:
I’ve die-cut areas out and then overlaid it onto matt copper card as this works really well together. The PaperArtsy stamps have been stamped using Archival ink ‘watering Can’ and I’ve gone over the outline using a white gel pen just to add more interest. Looks fab albeit grungy!
So there you have it. If ink is your thing, these are a absolute must have. They are a game changer and I can’t wait for the other colours to follow!
Enjoy what is left of the weekend everyone xx